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Why force was with couple who stole £2.3m

By Claire Williamson

The only force with them was the police force. They are the sci-fi-obsessed couple who stole £2.3 million and then spent huge sums on memorabilia.

And their much-loved collectables were auctioned yesterday.

Julie Nickerson (55) from West Yorkshire was jailed for five years after splurging £500,000 on a house which had five acres of land, a hot spring and swimming pool, almost £200,000 on luxury holidays and £85,947 on a Mercedes car each.

And £16,000 on Star Trek costumes.

They spent similar amounts on other rare, expensive collectables such as a mint-condition Star Wars Millennium Falcon model, remote-controlled Daleks and Darth Vader's helmet.

Their 1,000 pieces of sci-fi memorabilia seized by police included costumes used in the Star Trek films, including Scotty's jacket.

Mrs Nickerson's newsagent husband Anthony (48) was jailed for two-and-a-half years.

His role in the plot was passing the millions his wife stole from her laundry company employer through his business.

Mr Nickerson admitted transferring and concealing just under £925,000 between July 2009 and December 2012, while his wife pleaded guilty to stealing £2.3m from JLA Ltd in Halifax between 2005 and December 2012, when she was made redundant.

The court heard her husband turned a blind eye to his wife's dishonesty. He was told by the judge "you helped her" with a theft "in breach of trust".

Recorder Anthony Hawks said: "What you did was to embark on an orgy of greed and self-indulgence which only came to a head when you were made redundant."

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